English Proficiency Requirements

Johnson & Wales University recognizes a number of examinations as proof of English proficiency. Acceptable proof of English proficiency may include 1 of the following comparable English proficiency examinations (English proficiency examinations cannot be older than 2 years). Please note that total exemption from ESL may require meeting both the overall score and individual subscores. 

Providence and North Miami students admitted to graduate programs in the College of Business who meet the English Proficiency Requirements but whose undergraduate degree was not earned at an American university or a university located in a country in which the official language is English will be required to take a communications skills assessment. Graduate students exiting the English as a Second Language Program at Johnson & Wales University are also required to take the assessment. Students who do not pass the assessment will be required to enroll in ENG5000 Management Communication Skills

Examination Score
Undergraduate Graduate Undergraduate Subscores (recommended) Graduate Subscores
IELTS (International English Language Testing System, Cambridge) 6.0 6.5 5.5 or higher 6.0 or higher
TOEFL iBT (Test of English as Foreign Language, Internet, ETS 75 80 15 or higher 18 or higher
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) 50 53 43 or higher 43 or higher
TOEFL PBT (Paper-based — discontinued) 535 550 48 or higher 48 or higher
Kaplan International Advanced Certificate Proficient Certificate
EF Education First C1 Certificate C2-1 Certificate
ELS — Certificate of Completion Level 112
LanguageCert International ESOL Exams C1 Level
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), Cambridge C1 or C2 Level
PTE General (formerly London Test of English) Level 4 (C1 Advanced)
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77
S.T.E.P. Eiken (Society for Testing English Proficiency) Grade 1
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500
ACT English Language Arts 19 (average of English scores)
ACT English and Reading Section scores of 19 in each

To meet English proficiency requirements, all English language examination results must be submitted on an official test transcript that is no more than 2 years old. TOEFL scores must be received as official ETS scores. The Johnson & Wales University Designated Institution (DI) code is 3465. Students should use this code on their TOEFL registration form so that their scores will be sent directly to Johnson & Wales University. Legible copies of IELTS Test Reports may be verified through the IELTS verification service.

Students may be exempted from individual ESL classes based on their individual test section scores. Johnson & Wales University also reserves the right to require a student to take ESL classes to increase proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores.

Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

Additional qualifications that meet English proficiency requirements include the following:

For Undergraduate Study
GCSE, Singapore, CIE IGCSE O Levels Grade of C or higher in English Language
International Baccalaureate Examinations — IBO.org Grade of 4 or higher in English SL/HL (Syllabus A)
Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Grades I–III in English Language
For Graduate Study
Nigeria — completion of an accredited university program Level acceptable for graduate school admission

Majority English-Speaking Countries

Applicants from the following countries where English is the dominant native language and the primary language of instruction (and submit an official transcript from one of these countries) are not required to submit English language test scores:

  • Anguilla (ANG)
  • Antigua & Barbuda (ANT)
  • Australia (AUS)
  • Bahamas (BAH)
  • Barbados (BAR)
  • Bermuda (BER)
  • British Virgin Island (BVI)
  • Canada (except Quebec) (CAN)
  • Cayman Island (CAY)
  • Dominica (DOM)
  • Falkland Island
  • Fiji (PJI)
  • Gibraltar (GIL)
  • Grenada (GRN)
  • Guam (GUM)
  • Guyana (GUY)
  • Ireland (IRE)
  • Jamaica (JAM)
  • Kiribati (KIR)
  • Malta (MLT)
  • Marshall Islands (MRI)
  • Micronesia, Fed States (MIC)
  • Montserrat (MNT)
  • New Zealand (NWZ)
  • Scotland (SCO)
  • Seychelles (SEV)
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts & Nevis (STR)
  • St. Lucia (STL)
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (STV)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (TRT)
  • Turks and Caicos Island (TCI)
  • United Kingdom (UNK)
  • Virgin Islands